Cumin & Thyme Roasted Nuts

I absolutely love nuts as a great snack/nibble. They’re great to put out when you have people over for drinks, they’re a great movie watching snack and I love to put a handful in my lunchbox to have as a mid-morning snack at work.
 I used to get Graze boxes delivered to the office once a week and I loved snacking on the fantastic nut and seed combos they had. However, now that I work for myself and I’m in a different place every week and often away, it’s not really a scheme that works for me anymore. Missing my tasty mid-morning treats I decided I should have a go at making them myself, so off I popped to the supermarket, came back with a nice selection of nuts and raided my herbs and spices cupboard.
Yes, you could just go and buy a bag of already roasted/salted nuts, but personally I find them a bit too salty sometimes. Making it yourself you can control the salt levels and also make any flavour combinations that suit your taste. Cumin and thyme has been a really good combo for me but I’ve also tried paprika and turmeric for a bit of a spicier snack. You don’t even need to keep this savoury, try honey and cinnamon for a sweet treat.
A shallow tray full of mixed nuts
Olive oil
Dried thyme
Ground cumin
(I haven’t included measurements as it really is just about sprinkling everything on and ensuring even coverage)
1. Preheat oven to 180ºC and line a baking sheet with greaseproof paper.
2. Evenly scatter over the nuts, ensuring they all sit on one layer, you want them evenly spread not piled up. Drizzle over a tiny amount of olive oil (use spray bottle if you have one), season generously with salt and pepper and sprinkle over a good coating of both the cumin and thyme. Mix about to ensure all the nuts have a good coating.
3. Roast in the oven for 5-10 minutes. I find the timings seem to vary each time I try this so the trick is really to keep and eye on it, check on them every 3 minutes or so, they should have a lightly toasted look to them when they’re ready. Don’t set you timer for 10 minutes and go and watch the telly until you hear it go off… I did this and returned to a very disastrous black mess in my oven.
4. Remove from the oven when ready and serve immediately as a tasty snack or allow to cool and store in an air tight container ready to dive into whenever you’re feeling peckish.

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